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"Built to just be enjoyed without being blathered on about" IPAs

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by pitweasel, Aug 15, 2014.

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  1. pitweasel

    pitweasel Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2007 New York

    We've got a "built to last" thread. We've got a "built to fall" thread. So what's your favorite anonymous IPA?

    For me, I love reaching for a pint of Coop's F5 IPA whenever I'm in Oklahoma. Never heard of it until my first tour stop there, and I've never seen it anywhere else. But each time I go, I check the tap lists for it. Good enough to keep me coming back and specifically looking for it, but not so mind shatteringly awesome that I'd ever spend the time and money to have someone mail it to me.

    So let's ignore the hype train, and let's hold off on bashing beers you didn't like. What's your hidden gem?
  2. LCB_Hostage

    LCB_Hostage Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I wouldn't call either "hidden gems" but Racer 5 and Smuttynose Finestkind are both outstanding "no-frills" IPAs that have stood the test of time. Racer 5 has the added advantage of being almost as ubiquitous as "SA Seasonal" on most beer lists. Plus, at least in my opinion, both of these seem to have better-than-average shelve lives for seriously hoppy IPAs meaning the odds of getting something nasty, even in relatively low-traffic craft joints is pretty low.
  3. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Poo-Bah (4,762) Mar 6, 2013 New York
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    A local here called Three Heads makes a beer called The Kind. It won't knock down any of the big boys, but it's still really, really tasty and clearly well made, and I always enjoy it.
  4. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,028) Oct 24, 2009 California
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    SKA Modus Hoparandi
    Pizza Port Swamis
    Victory Dirt Wolf
    robear, SidDuffman, brewskis and 13 others like this.
  5. creepinjeeper

    creepinjeeper Champion (840) Nov 8, 2012 Missouri
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Solemn Oath Kidnapped By Vikings .... oh,yeah!
  6. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,124) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    can we have a day without a damn IPA thread? there's plenty of other styles, you know....
  7. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,386) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    I really liked Kona Castaway IPA.
  8. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    It's not ignored, but a lot of people seem to look past Long Trail Limbo. It's a phenomenal IPA in my view and I've been finding it at less than two weeks old regularly.

    Also, Torpedo.
  9. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Meyvn (1,083) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    Agree but I have to say that I also enjoyed their regular IPA in cans this summer as well.

    I also really like Weyerbacher's 2014 version of Viridis Lupulus.
    #9 DrStiffington, Aug 15, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2014
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  10. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Poo-Bah (1,599) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland
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    HopDevil and Big Eye. I love both those beers...*sheds tears*
    brewskis, ions, beerdedking and 9 others like this.
  11. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,019) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I think that Sierra Nevada makes hoppy beers/IPAs that should be enjoyed without the need to "blather" about them: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Torpedo, Celebration, etc.

    At a recent Beer Week event I had the pleasure to drink a Sierra Nevada IPA that was brewed with Equinox hops. If Sierra Nevada decided to make that beer a product I personally will be blathering.

    Bill (@sierranevadabill ), is there any chance there will be a year round beer called Sierra Nevada Equinox IPA?

    Sed73, jRocco2021, bennetj17 and 3 others like this.
  12. ipamonster

    ipamonster Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2013 Rhode Island

    sixpoint Resin and Bengali Tiger
  13. Vogt52

    Vogt52 Initiate (0) May 25, 2014 Maryland

    Heavy seas loose cannon
  14. BrahptimusPrime

    BrahptimusPrime Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2014 Connecticut

    NEBCO Sea Hag, my trusty go to sixxer while everyone else is fighting over the Gandhi.
  15. BigCheese

    BigCheese Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    Good Call.

    Yea, fresh Limbo is up there with Hoponious Union for best affordable/6pack IPA in New England. Its kinda like Finest Kind IPA was 4+ years ago. Ipswich just released a West Coast IPA that I'm digging too.

    Union Jack + Racer 5 always make me appreciate beer, wish they were easier to find fresh.
  16. StuartCarter

    StuartCarter Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2006 Alabama

    Greene King IPA on cask. Enough flavour to be interesting, but no much it *demands* attention.
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  17. jimmyfishkin

    jimmyfishkin Aspirant (220) Nov 17, 2008 Wisconsin

    Second the love for Ska Modus Hoperandi
  18. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Meyvn (1,083) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    Forgot about that one! Actually, I like a lot of their beers.
  19. breadwinner

    breadwinner Meyvn (1,162) Mar 6, 2014 California
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    Modus is a good call -- gets lost in the shuffle, partly because Ska can be so hit-or-miss otherwise, but that beer helped me understand the descriptor "dank".
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  20. BrahptimusPrime

    BrahptimusPrime Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2014 Connecticut

    Almost forgot about that one, especially since they are finally in CT now. I see a lot in my future.
  21. Beervana

    Beervana Defender (644) Apr 15, 2014 British Columbia (Canada)
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    Dieu Du Ciel Moralite. Not sure what kind of distribution it sees south of the border, but it certainly seems to fly under the radar.

    I've gone through at least a couple dozen this summer.
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  22. Retrocentric

    Retrocentric Initiate (0) Feb 21, 2014 Missouri

    The answer is Summit Saga. You can not go wrong.
    KOP_Beer_OUtlet, jkn09, JG-90 and 5 others like this.
  23. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (622) May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    Schlafly AIPA and TIPA
    sssence, frognot, JG-90 and 10 others like this.
  24. StLeasy

    StLeasy Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2013 Illinois

    It was just released a few weeks ago, Jack!


  25. YamBag

    YamBag Initiate (185) Feb 2, 2007 Pennsylvania

  26. ASak10

    ASak10 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2014 Colorado

    Odell IPA doesn't get a lot of blather despite being rated 95 after 2,000+ reviews. It seems to be a forgotten classic. Myrcenary from Odell is also amazing, without any hype around it (96 rating after 2,000+ reviews, although it's a DIPA).

    Locally, Comrade Brewing Superpower is phenomenal. Only on tap for now, not sure if there are plans to bottle or can in the future, but if ever in the Denver area, it's worth a trip to the brewery for that beer alone.
    London_Gent, denver10, turfy and 8 others like this.
  27. Spiral517

    Spiral517 Initiate (153) Sep 17, 2013 Maryland

    I would say dirtwolf but here in the md/va area all ive been able to find recently are the "best by Aug. 19" or "best by Sep. 1" bottles. Which means they are about 5 mos old. C'mon people, where is the fresh dirtwolf??
  28. letsgomets86

    letsgomets86 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2014 New Jersey

    Plus the Crisp.
  29. mnredsoxfan69

    mnredsoxfan69 Aspirant (287) Dec 27, 2013 Minnesota

    Summit Red Horizon IPA. Nothin' fancy, just a good sippin' IPA that didn't let me down for an entire (free) case.
  30. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

    Heavy Seas Loose Canon and Flying Dog Raging Bitch satisfy my needs for all things hoppy.
    jskennedy and ions like this.
  31. Mild_Bill

    Mild_Bill Initiate (6) Jun 12, 2013 Illinois
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    Lagunitas Maximus... HopStoopid...
  32. MgoJohnStamos

    MgoJohnStamos Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2013 Michigan

    how bout Revolution Anti Hero or Half Acre Daisy Cutter?
  33. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (561) Mar 28, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    Head Hunter IPA and Big Eye
  34. StLeasy

    StLeasy Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2013 Illinois

    I'm only including year-rounds.

    Pretty much any Lagunitas IPA, especially Lil Sumpin and Hop Stoopid for their availability.
    Stone IPA and Ruination. SSR, Levitation, and Arrogant Bastard too if we're counting reds and blacks.
    Firestone Walker Union Jack and Double Jack. Wookey too (if^^)
    Bell's Two Hearted Ale
    Founders Centennial (and Red's Rye on draft)
    Green Flash WCIPA and HHR.

    This was supposed to be a list of our most purchased IPA's, right? :stuck_out_tongue: Cheers!
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  35. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,366) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Ive got a few
    Steel Toe Size 7
    TG Golden Nugget
    TG Zeelander
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  36. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (2,008) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

  37. rather

    rather Aspirant (260) May 31, 2013 California

    golden roads ol'burro ipa for trader joes is nice. 6$ 4 pints
  38. lightman1

    lightman1 Initiate (68) Oct 19, 2013 Arkansas
    Beer Trader

    New Belgium Ranger, Breckenridge 471, Sierra Nevada Torpedo are good steady "go to" beers for me. Always good, always the same, they just work. Arkansas's Diamond Bear makes a good IPA, also.
  39. T-RO

    T-RO Aspirant (217) Nov 9, 2012 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    No distro that I've seen. So want to try this.
  40. charlzm

    charlzm Poo-Bah (2,215) Sep 3, 2007 California
    Beer Trader

    if I could get Bell's Two-Hearted near me, I would drink that. I'm also a fan of Harpoon, which doesn't get out my way. I guess Union Jack, Sculpin and Torpedo are my go-to IPAs when I want one out here in Southern California.
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